Sri Lanka v Pakistan: Professor gets mixed feedback

Published: June 5, 2012

Mohammad Hafeez’s tactics have come under question after Pakistan levelled the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka but being Misbah’s deputy in the ODIs and Tests should train him ahead of his next captaincy assignment. PHOTO: AFP


Former coach and chief selector Mohsin Khan has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to be ‘more consistent’ when it comes to the appointment of a captain after the team drew the two-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

Pakistan lost the opening match with a number of tactics by newly appointed Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez questioned. However, the tourists bounced back in the second game and Mohsin felt that Hafeez should be given a longer run to let him settle into the new role.

“There was no need to remove Misbahul Haq [from captaincy] with the World Twenty20 so close,” Mohsin told The Express Tribune. “But if his removal was inevitable, then Shahid Afridi was the best choice as he is vastly experienced. However, if Hafeez has been handed the responsibility then he should be given the job until the World Twenty20.

“Hafeez looked very confused and that affected his individual performance. When you hand captaincy to someone for just two games, something like this is bound to happen.”

Mohsin added that confidence should be instilled in the leader with the mega event in September in mind.

“The PCB should name the captain immediately and if it wants a change, the decision should be taken now. But I believe Hafeez should continue.”

Meanwhile, the former opener added that the revamped batting order failed to live up to the requirements.

“We sent a debutant [Shakeel Ansar] at number three in the presence of experienced players and in the next match he did not get to bat. Such flaws do not only affect the team’s performance but also damage a new player’s confidence.”

Afridi still the best choice: Salahuddin

Meanwhile, former chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed termed the overall performance satisfactory but called for changes ahead of the World Twenty20.

“It wasn’t an extraordinary performance and we need a lot of hard work, we have to improve our middle-order batting,” said Sallu before giving a thumbs down to Hafeez’s captaincy.  “He made many mistakes. Sending a debutant [Ansar] early was a big mistake and he did not use Afridi properly in the first match.

“Hafeez is a good cricketer but he’s not ready for captaincy. Since the World Twenty20 is close, Afridi who is a proven captain, should be handed the job now.”

Give Hafeez time: Basit

However, former cricketer Basit Ali said that there was a lot to learn from the series, while some players came through with a good performance.

“[Mohammad] Sami and Sohail Tanvir were impressive. But choosing Ansar over Kamran Akmal is a mistake. It is very hard for a tall wicket-keeper to do well.”

However, Basit added Hafeez should be given more time to adjust. “It is a changed set-up with a new coach and captain. We shouldn’t expect too much and should support the new captain as overall the results are satisfactory.”

Basit Ali

“It’s a changed set-up with a new coach and a new captain. We shouldn’t expect too much and should support the new captain as the results overall have been satisfactory.”

 Salahuddin Ahmed

“Hafeez did not use Afridi properly in the first match. He’s a good cricketer but he’s not ready for captaincy. Since the World Twenty20 is close, Afridi should be handed the job.”

Tanvir retained for ODIs

Pakistan have added Sohail Tanvir to their One-Day International squad after the left-arm paceman excelled in the Twenty20s. The 27-year-old fast-bowler failed to make the cut earlier but was included at the request of the team management after being named man of the series in the two Twenty20s. Tanvir replaces opener Nasir Jamshed who was earlier ruled out due to injury.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Syaad
    Jun 5, 2012 - 3:54AM

    Mohammad Hafeez is another consistently inconsistent player when it comes to batting which is his primary role in the team. Hafeez is not a wise choice as Pakistan T20 captain and Pakistan need to find a better option before the T20 world cup (if Afridi is reluctant).


  • Shah
    Jun 5, 2012 - 6:32AM

    Great analysis afridi indeed is a proven captain.


  • S.F.Ali
    Jun 5, 2012 - 8:43AM

    Afridi is always the best choice for T20s and ODIs, but Professor is captain now so we should support him for the T20 WC 2012.


  • Shahrukh kazmi
    Jun 5, 2012 - 10:01AM

    2 matches just 2 matches give him a break okay, our seniors are as immature as our fans who wants instant result and cannot take the defeat.


  • JB
    Jun 5, 2012 - 12:46PM

    Why are people making such a deal over just two matches? Give the guy a chance! In addition to this, Hafeez should seek counsel from the senior players during a match when he needs it, instead of trying to do everything himself. Yes, he is the captain and I think he has the brains and the skills to be a very good one; but he should never hesitate to ask for help from seniors like Afridi.


  • saqib sroya
    Jun 5, 2012 - 1:47PM

    shakeel ansar is a mistake over kamran but give him some time for settle his bat


  • thomas edison
    Jun 5, 2012 - 2:13PM

    Hafeez is an excellent choice, he is a stable and mature cricketer


  • Nas
    Jun 5, 2012 - 2:14PM

    Hafeez is good but please also bring back Addur Razzaq – he plays T20 for lots of international sides and is a impact player


  • HRo
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:42PM

    He should get more time


  • Ahsan Raza
    Jun 6, 2012 - 12:44AM

    Those who believe that Kamran Akmal of all people should return to Green shirts. Deserve a big kick in their behinds


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